I have 2 HTS5000s and really appreciate the flexibility and noticable improvement in sonics (most recognized in darkness of background). But I suspose with these things being heavily discounted (got mine for about $350/piece new less shipping). I have the APS-13 17ft FM Antenna hooked up to several tuners (but only one at a time) and signal goes through HTS-5000 with very little signal decay. A telling tale is that Stereophile reviewed the HTS5000 head to head with the PS Audio 300 and found only minor, if any, differences (and Monster is not a heavy advertizer in Stereophile). One surge and you will be glad you have it. Let alone the ecologically irresponsible thought of running essentially another Power Amp just to supply power to a 45 watt DAC as you do with the PS Audio unit. Who has not heard about the world wide energy/electricity shortage. Energy comes at a huge ecological cost, it does not come from Santa or the tooth fairy no matter what George and Dick will tell you. Must admit, I live in a Class House in saying some of this because I run Class A Threshold amps. But incrementally trying to be less of an arrogant American energy pig.